This Homelessness Week, we’re joining forces with organisations across the country to help put an end to homelessness.
“We know how much of a difference having a home has on every aspect of a person’s life, particularly for people in crisis,” says Uniting Vic.Tas CEO, Bronwyn Pike.
“Lack of access to affordable housing directly affects people’s ability to look forward to a positive future and that’s why we’ve been proud to partnered with the Victorian Government on its Homelessness 2 Home program.
“There’s strong evidence that it’s only after securing safe and permanent housing that people in crisis are able deal with other important needs such as finding a job or seeking support for mental health or alcohol and drug issues they may have.
“Across Victoria, we’ve been able to secure homes for 188 people. This is 188 people who would’ve been on the streets had it not been for this program, our dedicated outreach workers, real estate agents and property owners.
“The Homelessness 2 Home program shows that if we work together, we can end homelessness and that has to be our goal.”
Uniting Vic.Tas is also part of the Everybody’s Home campaign, calling on governments to deliver a better, fairer housing system.
Currently, a lack of social and affordable housing is leading to record levels of homelessness.
You can show your support for the campaign to signing the Everybody’s Home petition.
Here, some of the people who have accessed our homelessness services share their stories: